Hiya! I'm Dionne,
Hiya! I'm Dionne, a creative coach, yoga and meditation teacher, dj, writer, spacemaking event maker, but above all, a human being that loves life, good vibes and feelings.
I also love movement, memes, music, food, words, self care, colour, creating spaces that didn´t exist before, cultivating community, collecting inspiration, explorations and adventures.
And sharing combos of these things in spaces and places that might not be the “normal” context. Cause what´s “normal” anyway?!
Most of all, i love sharing combos of these things in ways that are REAL and FUN with GOOD people. Real people. Who are also curious and interested in ways to make life better, more inspired, more abundant, more in-flow. In whatever ways that work for them.
Where are you though?
I'm currently based between the UK (south coast- yo!) and Norway (west and east coast-yo!). I run community events, retreats and experiences in both countries and beyond (thank you, internet!) as well as working one to one with my creative coaching clients all over the world. Life is a bit of a mixup. I like to embrace that.
✨you can feel good and create an inspired life that is meaningful and sustainable in your own unique way.
✨I support people to feel empowered to create real life change that´s purposeful, authentic, balanced and real.
✨It´s my mission to share tools for transformation that are inclusive and accessible
✨so you can feel good whilst carving your own path.
✨I encourage you to do you.
✨I´m into celebrating uniqueness.
✨And getting real, into the guts, and making space to feel the feels.
✨Wherever you have come from, whatever you´ve been through,
(not just one that looks nice from the outside)
How i do what i do:
My journey to self care + empowering others to make their own rules
Over the last 25 years i´ve had a few different careers (that intersected across media + arts), as well as worked in a fair few different spaces and places. From the UK to the Caribbean, the south of France, Monaco, Barcelona, Norway and beyond. Before starting my own business, i´ve mostly been in media, radio, music, film, wellness and arts, but in between, there have definitely been some sprinkles of randomness like:
- working on a superyacht in Monaco hosting guests at ridiculous parties and cleaning up bodily fluids (don´t ask...or do!),
- "acting*" (*read: eating pizza) on the rooftops of Dublin for a music video,
- presenting for a grime music channel in East London wearing a sequin bolero,
- serving terrible cortados and Irish whiskeys in Bergen,
- talking to gallons of cheerful engineers on the London Underground from Canary Wharf,
- serving saltfish and rice and peas and toothpaste (not together) from a store in the eastern Caribbean,
- working in a call centre and writing a book (together)
- scrubbing lots of toilets and sweeping lots of floors (in most places past + present)
...it´s certainly not been boring and i´m grateful for it all! To some, this synopsis of my CV might seem absurd, but to me, it interconnects. Because...
1) i learned a lot about humans.
From the richest to the least affluent. How business run and about work culture. How people take care of themselves or not. I´ve seen humans from all kinds of perspectives. And it made me constantly reflect on how i wanted to show up in the world...
2) they pushed me out of my comfort zone.
often, i was told people like me couldn´t do most of these things, so i shouldn´t hope for much, therefore i felt it was imperative to go out there and do it anyway. It made me unafraid to start again -or embarassed to begin from scratch and work my way to where i want to be. I´m grateful to have fearlessly plunged into a number of careers.
3) they gifted me with skills and broadened my perspective.
Ok, some of the skills might seem a little random but they have come in surprisingly useful! I questioned many of the "rules" around how you had to perform and ways you had to do things just because "that´s how it´s always been done". It made me curious. Reflective. Aware of my privilege. Purposeful. Because i´ve always felt you can "do you", being kind and encouraging to others no matter were you are or what you are doing. PS that also taught me about boundaries, cause you don´t have to be a pushover just because you care about others.
As most working class children of immigrants know, you’re taught from birth that you have to work twice as hard to get anywhere in life. I was warned that being mixed race and (also) self-identifying as Black was provocative. Hair, skin and body, political. Taboo. The shame. As a teen, my teacher echoed the caution, warning me i´d need to work three times as hard simply because I was a woman and a person of colour. I guess this mantra has deep roots.
It was clear that there were spaces i wasn’t supposed to inhabit. The glass ceilings felt claustrophobic. Rules around what rooms i was allowed in have followed me into adulthood and fuelled my fire.
Underlying everything was a need to somehow prove i was enough. Capable. Worthy...or something. But it compromised my physical and mental health.
In my 20s and 30s i experienced numerous burnouts accompanied by old friends anxiety and depression. I moved houses over 20 times in six years. Changing countries, cities and small towns in the process. Of the list of countless jobs and careers, i juggled many simultaneously to, you know, “survive”. I learned to graft from a young age, my first job at 11 and finally starting my own business aged 30. I wanted to prove that we can choose to exist wherever we want to. Create what stirs or soothes us.
I´m not afraid to start again. I´ve done it many times in my life. Lost everything. Was close to breaking. But knew deep down there was something more for me. And i want to help others to connect to that for themselves.
It has driven me. To deepen my own explorations around self care, Otherness, trauma and mental health using art, wellness and creativity as my mediums. To strive to create spaces that are inclusive and accessible. To be an encourager. To support people to feel empowered to make their own rules, and to live their own life in ways that feel good.
Sometimes it’s difficult to explain to people what i do, as i run numerous projects relating to yoga, wellness, creativity, coaching, self care, writing and music both here, in Norway and beyond (thanks internet!).
But the mission that connects it all is to facilitate ways for people to feel empowered to design a life that feels good, whilst sustainably implementing their own real-life self care strategies into their everyday.
I´ve created events that use spaces that weren´t often used for yoga/music projects, i´ve taken over art museums and culture houses and fro-yo warehouses and chicken shops and schools and offices and basically anywhere that let me in to hold events combining wellness, personal development, yoga, music, art and self care, trying to challenge stereotypes and expectations around these subjects. For me at least, it makes sense that they overlap, and sometimes there is this weird snootiness that tries to keep them exclusive and inaccessible. I want to continue to break down those walls and create spaces and environments and experiences for people to feel empowered and to feel better.
It can be political to be a woman of colour leading and sharing these kinds of offerings, especially because i use non-standard physical and online spaces. But to me it makes sense, deconstructing and redefining boundaries and spaces too. It’s political to be a polymath. To not fit into a box. But hopefully that’s changing. And i want to support others to redefine and design their own lives that feel good - balanced, real and meaningful.
Everybody deserves access to transformational tools that are authentic and accessible and it´s my mission to empower other humans to adapt and “take home” these techniques so they can create their own versions of self care in creative and sustainable ways.
You made it this far! Here is your reward, babes!
The Farming of Bones - Edwidge Danticat
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas - Maya Angelou
Women Who Run With The Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
I Wonder as i Wander - Langston Hughes
On Beauty - Zadie Smith
Fruit of the Lemon - Andrea Levy
Fave spacemaking activities / rituals
Mediation (after years of resisting + subsequently failing and realising that was all part of it.)
Yoga and movement studies
Talking to cats and dogs, in these streets
Le Comptoire General, Paris
That deli with great Turkish coffee in Chapel Hill, USA
Tiffin Wallah, NY
Pilion + Amorgos in Greece
“A strong spirit transcends rules” - Prince
“Do you, boo” - Shameless Maya
“When people show you who you are, believe them” - Maya Angelou
“When you know better, you do better” - also Maya
“Boy, just be yourself! If people don´t like you, f*ck em!” - Bernie in House Party 2
Of course, impossible, yet so simple: i would die 4u - Prince.
Francis Bebey - Yes, i believe in you
What do i believe in?
Crystals, muji pens, (not sponsored!), the power of baklava + food in general. music. Sea magic. My animal friends. Duvets. Energy.
Fave kings + queens
Eartha kitt, Zadie Smith, bell hooks, Ru Paul, Patti´s potato pies, robot guy, Patrice Rushden, prince. Sylvester. Willy. Oprah. Chaka. (there are so many more of my faves here)
Fave style era: 1970s - especially Prince´s + Sun Ra´s wardrobe. And Chaka´s. I could go on so will try to reign it in….there´s a playlist here if you´re interested.
So, shall we take it to the next level?
The choice is yours!